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Sun Aug 19, 2018, 10:22 AM

Yesterday the world ignored the 500th Anniversary of the Atlantic slave trade

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/transatlantic-slave-trade-voyages-ships-log-details-africa-america-atlantic-ocean-deaths-disease-a8494546.html
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Almost completely ignored by the modern world, this month marks the 500th anniversary of one of history’s most tragic and significant events – the birth of the Africa to America transatlantic slave trade. New discoveries are now revealing the details of the trade’s first horrific voyages.

Exactly five centuries ago – on 18 August 1518 (28 August 1518, if they had been using our modern Gregorian calendar) – the King of Spain, Charles I, issued a charter authorising the transportation of slaves direct from Africa to the Americas. Up until that point (since at least 1510), African slaves had usually been transported to Spain or Portugal and had then been transhipped to the Caribbean.

Charles’s decision to create a direct, more economically viable Africa to America slave trade fundamentally changed the nature and scale of this terrible human trafficking industry. Over the subsequent 350 years, at least 10.7 million black Africans were transported between the two continents. A further 1.8 million died en route.

This month’s quincentenary is of a tragic event that caused untold suffering and still today leaves a legacy of poverty, racism, inequality and elite wealth across four continents. But it also quite literally changed the world and still geopolitically, socially, economically and culturally continues to shape it even today – and yet the anniversary has been almost completely ignored.

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Reply Yesterday the world ignored the 500th Anniversary of the Atlantic slave trade (Original post)
malaise Aug 19 OP
MLAA Aug 19 #1
StevieM Aug 20 #14
heaven05 Aug 19 #2
HipChick Aug 19 #3
guillaumeb Aug 19 #4
TuxedoKat Aug 19 #5
Staph Aug 19 #6
RobinA Aug 19 #7
appalachiablue Aug 20 #8
zentrum Aug 20 #9
niyad Aug 20 #10
tclambert Aug 20 #11
malaise Aug 20 #12
StevieM Aug 20 #13
SallyHemmings Aug 21 #15

Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2018, 10:40 AM

1. Thank you for calling attention to this awful tipping point in history.

I will reflect on it and the millions of lives it impacted/shattered and all the pain and torture it allowed to grow exponentially.

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Response to MLAA (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 20, 2018, 06:15 PM

14. It affects us to this day. (eom)

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2018, 10:53 AM

2. thank you

 

for continuing my knowledge and for timely reminders

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2018, 10:54 AM

3. Thanks for posting..

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2018, 11:09 AM

4. Recommended.

Inconvenient truth must generally be ignored, or dismissed as an aberration even when the behavior is endlessly repeated.


And history is generally written by the 1% to present themselves in the best way.


In the US, people are still dealing with, or ignoring, the ramifications of living in a country built by slaves.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2018, 11:11 AM

5. I've seen alot of this

especially with schools. It's pitiable. With my kids I'd often ask them, "Did they mention the 30th, 40th, 50th, etc., anniversary of such in such in school today or this week?" Almost always my kids said no mention was made.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2018, 08:53 PM

6. Only 26 years after Columbus' first voyage....

Man's inhumanity to man is a frightening thing.


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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2018, 09:12 PM

7. For What Reason

did Charles want slaves in the Americas in 1518? I’m guessing they were going in South or Central America?

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Response to RobinA (Reply #7)

Mon Aug 20, 2018, 12:18 AM

8. Labor for farming & building 'civilization' in the New World, churches, forts, etc.

The Telegraph: "But this African catastrophe was linked to another terrible human disaster on the American side of the Atlantic, the sheer scale of which is only now being revealed by archaeology.
For the main reason that the Europeans needed African slaves to be shipped to the Caribbean was because the early Spanish colonisation of that region had led to the deaths of up to three million local Caribbean Indians, many of whom the Spanish had already de facto enslaved and had intended to be their local workforce."

The Caribbean Indians had been decimated from maltreatment by Europeans, disease imported from the Old World which they had no resistance to, famine, desertion and more. The Spanish needed a new hardy workforce.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Mon Aug 20, 2018, 10:32 AM

9. Thank you Malaise.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Mon Aug 20, 2018, 12:30 PM

10. thank you for this important reminder.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Mon Aug 20, 2018, 01:49 PM

11. People were abducted from their homes by force, chained up, shipped across an ocean

to lands they didn't know existed, and forced into slave labor. And that wasn't a crime, it was a successful business model.

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Response to tclambert (Reply #11)

Mon Aug 20, 2018, 01:56 PM

12. Ask the Chambers of Commerce

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Mon Aug 20, 2018, 06:14 PM

13. If Hillary was in the White House she would have acknowledged this terrible anniversary

and what it represented for humanity.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Tue Aug 21, 2018, 03:06 PM

15. Thank you

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